Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God (television) ABC Premiere Event; airing on March 6, 2005. The story of a beautiful and resilient woman’s quest for love, sensual excitement, and spiritual fulfillment, despite society’s expectations of a woman of color in 1920s America. Janie Crawford’s journey takes her through three marriages with very different men, during which she experiences everything from tremendous success to unspeakable heartbreak. Directed by Darnell Martin. Stars Halle Berry (Janie Crawford), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Joe Starks), Michael Ealy (Tea Cake), Terrence Howard (Amos Hicks), Lorraine Toussaint (Pearl Stone), Nicki Micheaux (Pheoby Watson), Mel Winkler (Logan Killicks), Ruby Dee (Nanny). Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. Produced by Harpo Films/Touchstone Television.